The story behind the No 57 Cafe Abu Dhabi is a rather lovely one, so before we move onto to talk about the incredible food on offer here, let’s enjoy a spot of jackanory. Twas a dark night in the Arabian desert, and two best friends Noor and Buthaina were frustrated as their cafe concept was delayed, their impatience got the better of them, and they decided to tease the new eatery with a pop-up secret dinner. The first dinner was a huge success, so they did it again, and officially named it The Dinner Club by No.57. Whilst pop-up dinner clubs are commonplace in the U.S and Europe, they hadn’t been done before in the region. The hipsters and foodies went wild for it, and fast-forward a few years, Noor and Buthaina now regularly host these pop-ups for the likes of Tods, Céline and Tory Burch. Not too shabby.
In fact, the dinner club sort of took their attention away from the cafe for a while, and it wasn’t until late 2014 that it eventually launched in Abu Dhabi. Those familiar with The Dinner Club by No.57 were practically foaming at the mouth when it opened its ultra-slick, minimal doors. Think marble skateboards, wire baskets, and little corners with candles, terrariums and the like. It’s like stepping into the best interiors Pinterest board.
The No.Fifty Seven Boutique Cafe is a must-visit for any food lover, and this gem serves up incredible dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including The Dinner Club by No.57’s signature ‘Ermahgerd’ dessert – which is named after the most commonly used phrase when people first try it. Breakfast standouts include the Crunchy Vanilla French toast, which comes with maple syrup, fresh berries and creme Anglaise, and for a healthier option, the Sweet Potato Quinoa Fried Egg Bowl with sweet potato, coconut oil, quinoa, dried thyme, walnuts, chilli, and crispy kale is worth a try. Lunch treats feature the coveted lobster roll, done in the right way with potato bread and lemon butter. The hearty main course options are also excellent, The Huntr recommends the Lamb Chops with Potato Gratin. The Lobster Linguini is incredibly buttery and delicious, as well as beautifully presented (just try to stop yourself posting it to Instagram) and you can’t go wrong with the No 57 Cheese Burger and Fries. There are also plenty of healthy, vegan and vegetarian options.
Insider tip: The cafe also offers one of the best-looking takeouts in the city (take a look at the pic above), which are perfect for a beach picnic and they run an afternoon tea – check out the website for more details.